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The Devil at Your Heels: The Story of Stuntman Ken Carter

    Move over Evel Knievel, because the "Mad Canadian" Ken Carter is ready to make his explosive mark by launching a car across the St. Lawrence River into the USA.

    Move over Evel Knievel, because the “Mad CanadianKen Carter is ready to make his explosive mark by launching a car across the St. Lawrence River into the USA. No barrier can thwart this audacious daredevil’s ambitions. Released in 1981, “The Devil at Your Heels,” a documentary produced by the National Film Board and funded by taxpayer money, chronicles the harrowing journey and the high-stakes gamble of a stunt that seemed destined for disaster. This gripping film captures Carter’s relentless pursuit of the ultimate stunt, showcasing the breathtaking risks and the monumental preparations behind an endeavor that pushed the limits of courage and insanity.

    Passion. Drama. Madness. Stunts. Betrayal. Suspense. Unexpected turns.

    The excitement of this documentary lies not in whether Ken Carter successfully makes his jump, but in the incredible journey of one man’s real-life struggle to reach the brink of an almost absurd feat. This feature-length documentary immerses viewers in the thrilling world of Ken Carter, a Montreal-born stunt driver renowned for his death-defying feats. “The Devil at Your Heels” captures the essence of Carter’s determination, resilience, and charisma as he embarks on a mission that seems more fantasy than reality. The true entertainment comes from witnessing Carter’s ability to inspire and rally a diverse group of supporters to believe in his wild vision. With every twist and turn, viewers are left wondering if he will defy the odds, but one thing is certain: Carter’s unwavering belief in those around him transforms this documentary into a captivating tale of ambition and daring.

    Move over Evel Knievel, because the "Mad Canadian" Ken Carter is ready to make his explosive mark by launching a car across the St. Lawrence River into the USA.

    The film explores the meticulous and grueling preparation culminating in Carter’s crazy attempt to launch a car across a mile-wide span of the St. Lawrence River. Over five intense years, this fearless daredevil garnered a million dollars in funding, constructed a towering 10-story take-off ramp, and engineered a rocket-powered car capable of leaping. With behind-the-scenes footage and expert commentary, the documentary captures the high-stakes world of professional stunt driving, highlighting the physical and mental endurance required to undertake such a monumental challenge.

    Ken Carter’s magnetic presence makes you root for him to succeed. The documentary presents a highly sympathetic portrait of Carter and his ambitions, even as those around him view his plans with deep skepticism. “The Devil at Your Heels” isn’t a fancy or complicated film. It follows a straightforward, linear chronology, complemented by an omniscient voice-of-God narration (Gordon Pinsent) and a subtly ambient score that enhances the emotional weight of the scenes. Ultimately, “The Devil at Your Heels” serves as a fitting testament for a man who dared to attempt the impossible, celebrating his audacity and the spirit of his extraordinary endeavors.

    Tony M.